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Cigar Review: Leaf By Esteban

Leaf By Esteban

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you love the Leaf by Oscar series then you’re also going to love the Leaf by Esteban.

This limited edition of the Leaf cigar is made by the Master Blender of Roma Craft Tobac, Esteban Dislas

Esteban Dislas is man behind the uber successful CroMagnon, Intemperance and Aquiatane brands.

This particular cigar is a collaboration between Roma Craft Tobac and “Island Jim” Robinson. It was originally commissioned for his Leaf & Bean store in Pittsburgh a few years ago. However, Jim decided to share from a second run commissioned in early 2016. 

After he told me that he still had these babies resting peacefully I bribed him to awake them from their sleep… he finally decided to release a small batch from the second run. Flash forward to 2017 with the third release of the Leaf & Bean house cigar.

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Leaf by Esteban is back in stock at Leaf & Bean in the Strip. This is Run #3, for all you guys and gals who think that the cigar changes every time the band is different, not so.

Cigar is the same, paper changes because I make my paper for bands organically and that changes with texture and color of product that is used to make the paper.

 

 

I have not had to explain myself so much since high school. For everyone who knows Skip, Mike and my amigo Esteban you are as happy to see these back as I am.

I got an order of 5,000 of these today, looking forward to smoking as many of them as I can and releasing a few to everyone else. Cannot say enough thanks to Skip, Mike and my amigo Esteban for all the effort they put into keeping this cigar consistent. Enjoy if you get your hands on one and Wahoo. – Island Jim  Leaf & Bean FB Page

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is milk chocolate in color with notable tooth, seam and vein. Rolled in the Toro format and produced at Nica Sueño in Nicaragua, it has a wide open foot and a triple rounded cap.

One simple band sits on the vitola, looking like a burlap sack it’s made of recycled paper.  The bundle is wrapped in a larger paper bag type material looking like the label along with one large leaf. All I can say is it fits the whole motif.

Light brown in color with with black printer ink it reads “LEAF by ESTEBAN” with a black design looking like leafs or a coffee plant of some sort. Pre light aroma had notes of cherry wood and chocolate. The cold draw produced flavors of leather, cocoa powderand cedar.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

An aroma of warm baked brownies off the toasted foot. Flavors of cocoa, creamy leather and mild cedar char. Background flavors of coffee, chocolate and mild pepper.

The balance between rich chocolate and mild pepper is very balanced, notable and tasty. The retro is producing white pepper with evolving flavors of semi sweet chocolate.

  • Baked Brownies
  • Cocoa
  • Leather
  • Cedar/Char
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Black Pepper/Mild

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control burn, massive flavors of chocolate and coffee with nuances of creamy leather. Background flavors of roasted nuts, brown sugar and chocolate syrup with heavy nuances of coffee grounds.

The spicy element has been consistent black pepper in the medium bodied range. The retro has increased with clean white pepper producing an abundance of chocolate flavors.

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Leather/Cream
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Heavy Coffee Grounds
  • Black Pepper

 

  • FINAL THIRD

Amped up flavors of powdered cocoa, coffee, milk chocolate and creamy leather have been up front and on point since first light. Background flavors compliment the core profile with coffee grounds, chocolate, brown sugar char and assorted roasted nuts.

An even dispersion of black pepper at a medium bodied level has been balanced and consistent the entire duration. The retro is still producing upper level with pepper evolving into flavors of everything chocolate.

  • Powdered Cocoa
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Creamy Leather
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Assorted Chocolate
  • Brown Sugar/Char
  • Assorted Roasted Nuts
  • White Pepper/Full on the retro evolving into flavors of everything Chocolate

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

CONSTRUCTION: Solid no palpable soft spots, blemishes of wrapper inconsistency

BURN: Sometimes razor sharp other times jagged

ASH: Dark Grayish black, compact holding past the inch point

CUT: 3 v cut 3 straight cut, no reason just changing it up

DRAW: Wide open draw producing an over abundance of creamy white and aromatic smoke

RE LIGHTS: Zero

STRENGTH: Solid upper MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse with a nice balance of MEDIUM pepper ultra FULL on flavor

 

  • CONCLUSION

These have been on my radar since I first read about them. Missing the first and second release, vigilance has pays off big time, jumping all over the third release purchasing 2 bundles from the Leaf & Bean, owned and operated by cigar icon Jim Robinson (more commonly known as “Island Jim”) in the strip district in Pittsburgh PA. C

reated in Nica Sueño as a house cigar for the coffee shop it pairs beautifully with coffee, tea, espresso or hot chocolate. No frills no gimmick, the band is recycled paper offered in 10 count bundles surrounded by one tobacco leaf similar to the Leaf by Oscar

 

 


Cigars for review: Purchased from Leaf & Bean (2 Bundles)

Cigars smoked for review: 6 

Cigar Smoke rate: 93

Size: 6 x 52 Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Jalapa Criollo/Corojo Hybrid, Nicaragua

Filler: Estelí, Jalapa, and Condega, Nicaragua

Produced at: Nica Sueño, Nicaragua

 

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Love of all things cigars, craft beer, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untapped @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
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